Last year we had a chance to test the
spectacular Leupold RXII rangefinder (see
here) and we found out it was a very good
product, not just accurate but ergonomic, easy
to use and loaded with features. This year
Leupold decided to go one step further and they
come out with an even more impressive product:
entering the RX 1000 TBR rangefinder.
As a seasoned hunter you already know the value
of a good rangefinder: measuring down the
distances around your hunting spot (blind or
threestand) you can drive your arrow with
pinpoint precision as the moment of the truth
For newcomers we may add that crossbow arrows
have a very noticeable parabolic trajectory so
at 20 or 30 yards your arrow will drop
significantly , a misjudge in distance of a few
yards means a drop
of a few inches meaning you go from a clean kill
to a wounded animal in a second. Believe me you
need a rangefinder in you tool box!
The Leupold RX1000 TBR is a feature rich
rangefinder, in the package you will find:
RX1000 TBR Rangefinder
Soft Nylon pouch with
Quick reference card (to
be carried with you in the pouch)
As usual the packaging spells quality as you
open it: everything is packaged in its own bag ,
the first impression you get is that of a very
solid product, well finished and well worth the
Usage is pretty straightforward, once you go
through some reading of the manual you will be
able to easily select the needed (wanted)
features to show up in the display.
The terrific software loaded into the RX1000 is
able to perform bullet or arrow drop
calculations based on distance and shot angle
compensating the distance automatically or
giving you holdover values (for rifle shooters)
for different calibers. There are so many
features it would take a few pages to list them
all. Personally I am not a treestand shooter so
the very basic function I need is distance
measurement. At this the TX1000 even exceeds the
rated value. We have been able to repeatedly
measure distances with ½ meter tolerance from
tape measured spots out to 50m ( going farther
does not have any meaning to archers) .
Using the unit is very easy and you can operate
it with just one hand, all buttons are at
finger’s reach. There are just two buttons on
the unit: power is on the top (to be operated by
index finger) and mode on the side(operated by
The unit is also thinner
previous RXII making it easier to handle and
operate by smaller frame hunters.
Leupold managed to improve on the optics also.
The new RX1000 is visibly brighter thanks to a
different system to project the reticle that
eats up less light.
Latstly my favorite feature: the reticle is now
illuminated! It may seem a small detail but if
you are in the woods taking measurements in low
light or your target is dark against a dark
background being able to read the measurements
clearly is a must and the RX1000 now delivers !
Finally some words on the price: US $399.99
(found online at time of writing) is aligned with the class, quality and
features offered, consider that such a tool may
last a lifetime!